Happy Birthday, Shigeru Miyamoto!

[drop2]Happy 59th Birthday, Mr Miyamoto!

The creator and producer of Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, Star Fox and so many other games, it could be argued that Miyamoto is one of the fathers of modern gaming.

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Shigeru Miyamoto has been a central figure at Nintendo since the very early days, even helping to design their first ever coin operated arcade machine in 1979. The landscape of modern videogaming would look significantly less familiar – and probably less colourful – if not for Miyamoto.

With The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Super Mario 3D Land currently very much present on the release schedule, Miyamoto’s massive influence looks as strong now as it ever was.

Even those of us who aren’t Nintendo fans should look to the Mario 64 influence in Ratchet & Clank, Spyro and Banjo Kazooie; the Mario Kart influence in Modnation Racers and even Blur; the Zelda influence in Skyrim, Fable and Darksiders. Miyamoto’s legacy is a huge net cast over modern game design that we all, as modern gamers, benefit from.

Here’s hoping to many more strong years in the gaming industry for Miyamoto.

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7 Comments

  1. Game design legend.

    • First two words were optional! :P
      I have so much respect for this guy and love what he created.
      I wish he could live forever…

  2. Happy Birthday Shigeru!!
    The world is a more fun, brighter place thanks to you!!
    (Wouldnt imagine, he will be reading this but…)
    Most of you might already know this but these are a brilliant read, if you are interested in the work that goes into making videogames at Nintendo.

    http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/

    PS Cannot wait for Super Mario 3D Land!

  3. Living legend. Happy Birthday!

  4. Complete and utter game design genius.

    It’s no overstatement to say that I haven’t felt the same amount of sheer joy than when I’ve played something created by this man.

    The absolute best of wishes to you on your 59th Mr Miyamoto.

  5. Not such a fan of his games, but without those, and his influence, there would be far less games i do enjoy. :)

  6. 誕生日おめでとう!

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